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Dec 6, 2012 6:00am EST
this compliance. russia appears to want to limit both the influence of the united states and turkey in the south caucasus, but it is unclear to me whether they also seek to minimize iranian's influence. i have followed with great interest turkey's attempts. and my sense is that such a step holds the greatest potential to improve both stability and prosperity in the region. lifting our means isolation would not only allow for greater independence from iranian and russian influence, it would also be mutually beneficial for turkey and her meaning and a number of ways. i'm interested in hearing the panels perspectives on whether this is an issue that turkish and a meaning governments might be able to reengage in. but we can all agree on is this, as i conclude, is that it is in no one's interest to see a nuclear-armed iran. and i look forward to exploring how the south caucasus region and help the united states and europe prevent this outcome. we cannot have that as an outcome. i anxiously await hearing the testimony of our witnesses, again, mr. chairman, it's been a pleasure and i think that this he
Dec 20, 2012 6:00am EST
that the nuclearhu balance between the united states and russia under new s.t.a.r.t. force levels would be stable except, of course, for the huge diversity or disparity, i would say, in tactical nucleac weapons that russia enjoys. but under this stability there would be no be incentives to strike first during a crisis, nor would there be incentives to grow our respective nuclearhoul arsenals in the future. we should, therefore, think very carefully before we contemplate changes to longstanding u.s. nuclear deterrence policies orer pursue further reductions ins support of the president's the armament agenda. we absolutely cannot know for n certain that fewer numbers of weapons will make us safer. in fact, henry kissinger and brent scowcroft recently us reminded us, quote: that strategic stability is not inherent with low numbers of weapons. indeed, excessively low numbersn which surprisewh attacks are conceivable, end of quote. policymakers would do well to heed the advice of winston churchill offered in his last address to the united states congress. be careful, he said, above all things not to l
Dec 7, 2012 6:00am EST
generally throughout central asia. sadly in russia we haven't -- we have seen a return to not quite the old-style days but bad and the senate adopted the magnificent act 92-4 which is a great statement. [applause] >> i said to one of my colleagues there are days you'll be shocked by this in recent times when i left the senate wondering if i had done anything that would matter during that day. as part of a large majority, we have done something -- this is history, victory over communism and the soviet union, somehow the respite from conflict with short, there are lessons to be learned. both of these were ideological conflicts at heart. these people missed that and the conflict we're in with islamist extremists, it is a theology whether it is an ideology. the other hopeful thing to say is ultimately, as generally happens, communism collapsed at the weight of its own repression and evil and i am confident what is true of islam as extremists and terrorism but the other lessons that you have to be clearer in making the ideological counterargument which we did for a long time against the communis
Dec 4, 2012 6:00am EST
that you ran linage of windows and 18 and was drawn by the threats to separate british, india from russia and to this day many of the afghans don't recognize it because their families live in pakistan. they want freedom of movement, freedom of the ability to go and diverse that steep terrain, if you complete but it's also historically illicit trade. right across the mountains. some of it, ma it is what it is but some of it is forced upon insurgencies as well. i mentioned a complex nature of being at work the whole time. but you also got a population that is about 72 -- 10%. a passenger for the people in this very remote subsistence farming-based province is illiterate. their neighbors to the war in -- to the north were only conquered through force and converted to islam and renamed the children of the life. so you're talking a whole region that is geographically very, very complex. mountain peaks 14,000 feet. the basis are down on the river valley about 1500 feet. so just a vertical geography to try to do anything on the ground as a soldier, as a citizen is an extremely difficult challeng
Dec 27, 2012 6:00am EST
back -- so it's a vast multitude on the planet but no self-government in russia, and china and india and africa, most of europe. you look back through the previous millennia and you have democracy and self-government existing in very few tiny city states, athens because they can't defend themselves militarily and even when it did exist people would speak the same language and worship the same god, the same climate and culture, a very small little area. that is all of world history. and you look today, democracy is half the planet. if you asked me what changed, what was the hinge of all of that i think i would say the word we the people. 225 years ago the hinge of world history because all of the conclusions at the time it was way better and more perfect and for the first time ever in the history of the planet, an entire continent got to vote on how they and their posterity would be, and there were lots of exclusions from our perspective that we wouldn't exist as a democratic country in the democratic world but for that. i would say it's the hinge of all modern history. before democra
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